Homestead Hack: Heat-Free Peeling for Fresh Tomatoes

by Texas Homesteader

We’re often harvesting from our gardens way more tomatoes than we can use. But there’s so much work that goes into growing those flavorful orbs.

All the way from planting tomato seeds or seedlings, weeding and watering, staking and nurturing the plant until it gives up its sweet harvest of summer – the much-coveted garden tomato!

An easy way to peel a fresh garden tomato is to dip it in boiling for a few seconds until the skin splits. But a typical summer here in NE Texas involves much heat & humidity and I don’t want to add any of that to our home. 

What’s a southern gardener to do?

HEAT-FREE Peeling For Fresh Tomatoes - I don't want to add heat and humidity to our home. What's a southern gardener to do? Check out this Homestead Hack #TexasHomesteader

When I bring those fresh tomatoes inside from the garden I simply wash them, pat them dry and cut them in half. Oftentimes since I grow heirloom San Marzanos I’ll scoop out the seeds since it’s so quick & easy to do with this variety. And then I’ll place those halved, seeded tomatoes into a freezer bag without further preparation.

When I’m ready to use them I’ll bring them out of the freezer and allow them to slightly thaw – just enough to where the outsides are becoming softer but the insides are still frozen. The peel slips right off!

HEAT-FREE Peeling For Fresh Tomatoes - I don't want to add heat and humidity to our home. What's a southern gardener to do? Check out this Homestead Hack #TexasHomesteader

Now I just chop up my seeded/peeled tomato and go ahead with my recipe. Easy and no extra heat & humidity in the house!


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20 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Heat-Free Peeling for Fresh Tomatoes

  1. John White

    I also use the freeze method on Kiwi. Cut one end off and slice the skin down one side and the skin slips right off. I haven’t found a use yet for the skins…

  2. ilene

    I do this too! Sometimes I don’t have enough ripe to make a canner load so freezing them allows me to accumulate without worrying about spoilage. If I have the freezer space I can even wait till the weather’s cooler to can my tomatoes.

    I don’t understand those people who can tomatoes without peeling them. Have they actually then eaten the canned tomatoes, I wonder? The peel, when cooked, becomes tough, usually slides off the tomato and rolls itself up into a tight little unchewable tube. No Way I’m serving that to my family and watching them all picking tomato skins out after they’ve had the mouth experience, or YIPES, choked on one.

  3. JES

    Good morning, I have * featured * this handy post today on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. Thank you for sharing with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lisa M

    I would have never thought to peel them this way. Great idea!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope you’ll join us again this week!


  5. JES

    Great tip! We get so humid and hot in the summer that peeling tomatoes is a grueling act. This is very helpful! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yes JES – that’s what I struggle with as well. I can’t stand to stand over a steaming pot of boiling water while I dip tomatoes in to release their skins. This method works so much better for me.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Agreed Jennifer – I hate to add heat & humidity to my kitchen when our NE Texas environment battles heat & humidity in the summertime. This method works beautifully for me.

  6. Lana

    I have a Russian friend who told me that they don’t peel tomatoes before canning them in Russia. She says they are delicious and she is very picky about the taste of any type of food. I have not tried this but I would rather pull off the soft skins after canning than before.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Isn’t it wonderful how many variations of preserving food there are Lana? Gotta love it! I’ve not been very successful pulling off skins after canning, it seems for me that it leaves too many tough bits in my sauce. I have been successful with the ole tried-n-true method of dipping the tomatoes in boiling water but oh the extra heat & humidity in my kitchen makes it miserable. This freezing method works well for our hot/humid climate.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      It’s still pretty hot & humid here in NE Texas Patti so although this is the only way I’ll peel tomatoes in the heat of summertime, I’m still using this hack whenever I’m peeling fresh tomatoes even though it’s October. LOL

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’m with you Greg! I always hated standing over a steaming pot of water in the heat of summer, then handling those hot tomatoes and hoping I didn’t steam them too long. This freezing trick works great for me!


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